There’s a new term that identity management vendors are throwing around. It’s called unified access management. Unfortunately, thus far, the term has been mainly used to reference centralized access to web and on-prem applications. But, wouldn’t it be nice to have unified access to all IT resources? After all, the concept of a central way to access all IT resources makes a lot of sense. With Windows® still holding an 80% market share in the desktop space, many are asking whether unified access management for Windows is in the cards.
Finding the answer is not an easy task considering how complicated identity and access management (IAM) has become within the IT management tool space. IAM had been a sleepy category for almost two decades before a number of new approaches have emerged, like unified access management, to create some excitement.
Of course, these new approaches to identity management are not all created equal, and truthfully, they only started to appear because of challenges that IT organizations faced with their core identity provider, which in most cases was Microsoft® Active Directory® (MAD). So before we get to whether or not unified access management for Windows is in in the cards, we need to understand how the IAM market got to where it is today.
The Dawn of IAM
Almost two decades ago the IT landscape was far different with networks being on-prem and virtually all Windows based. This is exactly the type of environment that Microsoft created Active Directory to manage, and so IT admins barely gave a second thought to implementing AD.
But, as the network started to shift away from Windows and on-prem resources, it exposed a number of challenges for IT organizations. As IT admins leveraged more Mac® and Linux® systems, web applications such as G Suite™ and Office 365™, WiFi, cloud servers from AWS, Samba file servers and NAS appliances for data storage, and other non-Windows resources, Active Directory struggled.
New IAM Solutions Emerge
The coming years brought a wide range of different identity and access management solutions such (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Blog – JumpCloud authored by Natalie Bluhm. Read the original post at: https://jumpcloud.com/blog/unified-access-management-windows/